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Player Pets: Carson Soucy & Gracie

Gracie is a nine-month-old Golden Retriever

by Tyler Savitsky /

Each month, will feature a Minnesota Wild player and his pet(s), presented by PetSmart.

Carson Soucy's dog Gracie, a nine-month-old Golden Retriever, is extremely friendly and hangs around the kitchen table for any scraps she can come by.

TS: How many pets do you have, and what breed are they?
CS: I just have one pet. A Golden Retriever named Gracie.

TS: How long have you had Gracie? 
CS: We've had her since September. She's nine months old now, she was born in July, so almost 10 months.

TS: How was the name Gracie decided?
CS: That was Shyla's idea. I don't know how we came up with it, we had a couple names then we picked her up and thought Gracie suited her best. 

TS: Do you have any favorite moment or favorite thing to do with her?
CS: The favorite moment was probably just getting her when she was that small and that playful when she's a puppy. That was super fun because she's our first dog, so we were just super excited. Now, she's pretty much full-grown, she's still playful like a puppy, so taking her around a park or even just around our backyard, she's really playful and has lots of energy.

TS: Did either of you grow up with any pets?
CS: It's the first dog for Shyla. I grew up with dogs pretty much my whole life. We usually had Labs or a mix of a Lab and a Retriever. 

TS: Is her diet strictly dog food? If not, what does Gracie seem to like?
CS: Mostly dog food and then she hangs around the kitchen for some scraps of any kind of meat she can find. We're probably more generous than we should be with that stuff, but it's hard to say no. She loves to just hang around the kitchen and wait for scraps, for sure.

TS: Have you started training her or teaching her any tricks yet?
CS: We try to work on just behavioral ones, but she can shake paw and obviously sit. She's getting better at "stay". She is getting better at "place" too, we say "place," and she goes to lay in her bed. We take her to puppy school once a week, we did 12 classes with her for puppy school just to try to work on some behavior stuff. She's pretty much done all those, so she's been pretty good.

TS: If you could describe Gracie in one word, what would it be?
CS: Probably friendly. She's just so friendly with other dogs and other people. She's super nice, she's been awesome.


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